Archinect - News 2014-08-22T21:54:44-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/61955739/helsinki-central-library-competition-entry-by-minus-architecture-studio-synthetiques Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry by Minus Architecture Studio & Synthetiques jsyj 2012-11-23T11:32:00-05:00 >2012-11-25T14:49:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3c/3cfsrwts9c8rr8i6.jpg" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Libraries are increasingly the places in which culture is produced as well as collected and disseminated.&nbsp; The Ambient Exchange promotes a culture of collaboration, creative inquiry and community engagement through provision of functional and exuberant spaces that engage the strong cultural and craft traditions of the Finnish built environment.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/at/at596ww8ebw84fd8.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The Ambient Exchange engages it&rsquo;s site, and the broader city, by placing its cultural and shared amenities at the level of the park and the street.&nbsp; The building is an extension of the site topography, pulling people up into the spaces that encourage interaction and collaboration among the various users.&nbsp; Views of the Parliament and cultural amenities of the city inform the library&rsquo;s formal and functional arrangements.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vp/vp8kfsuq35ab9x3j.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Ramping floors with platforms for meeting rooms, collection, and other programmatic spaces promote easy circulation for both the patrons and library materials.&nbsp; The open plan spaces, accentuated by nodes for meeting...</p>